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We are meeting with Chris Catalano, CEO of School of Rock.
ABOUT SCHOOL OF ROCK
The music school you wish you had when you were a kid, School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and up and performing with their peers. With more than 100 locations in seven countries, the franchise proves that rock & roll is alive and kickin’.
Music Franchise Proves Rock & Roll is Alive and Kickin’
After 15 years and breaking the 100-school milestone, the School of Rock is creating the world’s next generation of rockers. By inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life, the company is continuing to rock major U.S. and international cities through soulful entrepreneurs who transform the lives of kids and adults through music.
Providing a powerful mix of a solid business model and awe inspiring performances that fill families with pride, School of Rock is expanding its franchise operation with growth opportunities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Toronto, Vancouver and other US areas. Meanwhile, interest in the franchise continues to grow overseas, with new schools opening in Australia, the Philippines, Brazil and Chile.
“We are excited about reaching this 100 school milestone. Our sustained growth helps ensure that we can continue to expand the inspirational opportunities for our students while at the same time creating employment opportunities for musicians in the neighborhoods that we serve,” said School of Rock CEO, Chris Catalano. “While this is certainly an occasion to pause and celebrate our partners and our growth, it is also a reminder that we are only just beginning and the best of School of Rock is yet to come.”
We are meeting with Zach W. McLeroy, President and C.E.O., Zaxby’s Franchising, Inc. and we are going to talk to Zach about the Zaxbys franchise and how the chain is flourishing and poised to grow from a regional brand into a household name.
Zach McLeroy is not only the President and C.E.O. Zaxby’s Franchising, Inc., he is also a co-founder of the Zaxby’s concept. Zach started Zaxby’s (then called “Zax”) in 1990, when he put his burgeoning music career on hold, selling his beloved drum set to open the first store. It was in that first Zax location that he perfected the recipes that remain the core items of the Zaxby’s menu today, including the formulation of the original selection of Zaxby’s sauces.
Now, more than 20 years and 570 locations later, the chain is flourishing and poised to grow from a regional brand into a household name. Zach remains active in the day to day operations of Zaxby’s Franchising, overseeing and directing brand development strategies and setting the vision for its continued growth. He’s a Zaxby’s licensee himself, holding an ownership in over 95 Zaxby’s franchise locations.
In part 2, Marty discusses franchising with CBS radio host Lynn Johnson.
March 14, 2013 at 10AM EST -Over the last month, we discussed several franchise opportunities for aspiring dadpreneurs. This week we are meeting with the ProTect Painters franchise opportunity. Wayne Scherger, a veteran of the painting industry since 1981, founded ProTect Painters in 1994. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, ProTect Painters opened territories east of the Mississippi River and forged a reputation for quality service and exceptional value. In 2009, Service Brands International (
Over the next two weeks, we are talking about dadpreneurs and franchising. Recent studies have shown that in the past 10 years, the number of work-from-home dads has more than doubled. The number of stay/work-at-home dads has risen from 81,000 in 2001 (1.6 percent of the total) to a startling 176,000 in the past year (3.4 percent of the total), according the U.S. Census. Our first guest will be Rick Werner of Unishippers. And Rick Werner owns a Unishippers franchise, a third party shipping advi
The franchisor dilemma: overcoming the challenges of change and how to "sell" the franchise system on cloud communications. We are meeting with Bonnie Lam of Ring Central. RingCentral is a cloud-based phone system provider that has started to work with more and more franchise companies over the last few years. Bonnie will discuss how to move a franchise system's business communication infrastructure to the cloud - the benefits and cost analysis. We will discuss how t
We have a great show today. We are meeting with Paul Pickett, VP of Franchise Development for Wild Birds Unlimited, and Ellen Davis, franchisee of the Franklin, MA storePaul Pickett, VP of Franchise Development for Wild Birds Unlimited, and Ellen Davis, franchisee of the Franklin, MA storePaul Pickett and the Wild Birds Unlimited franchisee, Ellen Davis. Ellen shares her experiences as a Wild Birds Unlimited franchisee.
We are meeting with Dr. Rebecca and Dr. Joseph Cipriano, founder of the new Pop Weight Loss franchise.
Pop Weight Loss, a weight management and healthy lifestyle franchise, has experienced tremendous success creating a weight-loss-as-lifestyle-change program to help the rapidly escalating obesity epidemic plaguing American men, women and children today. The "Pop" in Pop Weight Loss stands for personal, online and professional. The program offers personalized one-on-one support, online weight loss counseling, recipes, tools and suggestions, and each client is given a team of professional nutritionists.
In 2013, Dr. Rebecca published the book with her father, Kenneth Herman, EdD, a clinical psychologist titled, Pop: Burst the Diet Bubble and Finally Lose Weight. The book provides a step-by-step plan for losing weight, and is essentially a mock-up of the Pop Weight Loss program. The book also discusses how Dr. Rebecca struggled with her own weight loss after pregnancy, which is a primary reason, in addition for her passion for health and wellness, why she created Pop Weight Loss.
In part 2 we meet with franchise expert Steve Beagleman from our Great Quotes in Franchising podcast. Steve talks about the advantages of going with a small and larger franchise system.
We are meeting with Dom Cirello of the BookKeeping Express franchise opportunity. BookKeeping Express, a national company that provides businesses with professional bookkeeping services, was founded in 1984 in California. After serving 13 years in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain, Cirello spent the next 12 years as an IT project manager and business analyst. He finds a comfortable transition to BookKeeping Express as it is a technology-driven solution. Cirello o
We have a great show today. We are meeting James Walker of The Brass Tap. The Brass Tap is an upscale craft beer and wine bar celebrated for its more than 300 varieties of imports, local craft beers and a large selection of premium wines and cigars. With three open units and 19 signed agreements, The Brass Tap is positioned to quadruple in size in the Southeast and beyond. In June 2012, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s acquired the rights to franchise The Brass Tap.
Founded in 1991 by Marie DeNicola as a direct sales company, Mainstream Boutique is a women's retail clothing and accessories franchise that offers a variety of affordable, fashion-forward pieces for women of all ages. The franchise has 22 successful boutiques operating in 10 states with four locations currently under development. The Minnesota based company, which began franchising in 1998, is set to double in size by 2014 with expansion plans in Texas, Illinois, Colorado and Wisconsin. &
Franchise Interviews Hosts the first ever Retail Sympossium - On Thursday, January 10, Franchise Interviews will host our first retail symposium. You will hear interviews with retail franchises like Aaron's Sales and Lease, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, Verlo Mattess, and Tasty Image.
There’s a better, smarter, more efficient way to buying a franchise, and Chicago entrepreneur Craig Slavin has developed it. A 40-year franchise veteran, Slavin has been involved with all aspects of the franchising industry from concept creation and refinement to management and national/international growth; including his role as the former CEO and President of Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza. He has not only led major franchise organizations to success, but he has also